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Adam Carolla’s Cool New Series Brings Bad Contractors to Justice

The bestselling author, comedian and podcasting pioneer is also a master carpenter. Catch a Contractor is the perfect vehicle to display his unique set of skills.

by
Kathy Shaidle

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March 13, 2014 - 1:00 pm

In the present-day real world, I can stand on the balcony of my 16th floor condo and watch my neighbors with houses dragging sewage-stained couches out onto the sidewalk for the second time this year, after one record-breaking rainfall followed another.

Along with flooded basements, homeowners have to cope with leaky roofs, clogged eavestroughs and ice dams.

I’ve never so much as shoveled a sidewalk and never plan to.

When something goes wrong — and it rarely does — I’ve always had a super or, now, a building manager to make it right.

At my last apartment, when my fridge up and died, the super — who liked me for some reason — got me a free new one in about two hours.

If we lived in a house, our beloved cat Pip would run out the door and be devoured by a coyote or get hit by a car.

Sure, my idea of porn is to hang out at “tiny house” blogs, but in my fantasy world, silent invisible elves perform all the maintenance on these dream homes.

The thing that cemented my house-phobia is the TV program Holmes on Homes.

Mike Holmes is the quintessential Canadian superstar hero:

A gentle giant who fixes other contractors’ shoddy work.

(In the interview above, Holmes talks about building a three-bedroom tree fort when he was six years old.)

I don’t know if Adam Carolla will attain “unlikely sex symbol” status the way Holmes has, but his new show, Catch a Contractor, features the same premise.

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Carolla had his own 'rehab & flip' in 'The Adam Carolla Project'. I think he bought his childhood home and used his own 'crew' ... comedy ensued.
18 weeks ago
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The racial-immigrant status should be interesting to learn about.
18 weeks ago
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Contractors are continually robbing Peter to pay Paul.
You pay them a percentage up front and they do some work but use the money to finish off the last job they did. Then they get another job to pay for yours.
18 weeks ago
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Agree with Erik. The victims on both episodes were doofuses writ large. I would not have hired Jose or Avi in a million years. Both were scammers writ large.
18 weeks ago
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Carola is the polar opposite of Dennis Miller when it comes to comedy. I find them both hilarious.

I first heard Adam when he was doing LoveLine with Dr. Drew. The classic straight man funny man routine. Carola is probably as good as any comedian at ad-libbing.

18 weeks ago
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I'll probably give it a try and then not watch it. History has shown that when American TV tries to copy a Canadian/British program, the dumbed-down results fail miserably compared to the original.

I'll stick to Mike Holmes.
18 weeks ago
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Watched the first episode. Hated it. Not because of Adam, but because of the insufferable couple that had been "scammed." Maybe it will work eventually.
18 weeks ago
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Wish Jimmy Kimmel would have his old friend on his show frequently.
19 weeks ago
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Thank you! I know what to get the spouse for his brithday now!
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